Apple pulls WikiLeaks app from its store

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By Hayley Tsukayama
Tuesday, December 21, 2010; 11:10 AM

Apple banned the $1.99 Wikileaks app from its app store Tuesday, only 10 days after approving it on Dec. 11.

The app, which provided real-time updates from the official WikiLeaks Twitter account and access to Leaked documents, was available for download as of Dec. 17. According to Information Week, Developer Igor Barinov said the app raised more than $,1000 by Dec. 19.

TechCrunch said It is unclear whether Apple believes that the app violated its Terms of Service, or whether the computer giant was joining Bank of America, MasterCard, Amazon and others in denying Wikileaks a platform.

The move may put Apple at risk for a distributed-denial-of-service attack, or DDoS, from Assange supporters. Such an attack uses a large network of systems to flood a site's bandwidth, forcing it to shut down. Hackers sympathetic to Assange have claimed credit for similar attacks on Amazon and PayPal.

iPhone users are unable to get to the app directly (if you're interested in a workaround, the Guardian has a link to one that "borders on the edge of legality), but interested Android users can still download WikiLeaks apps from the Android store.


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